For the third time in a month, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes will face off. They won’t meet again after this until Mar. 21. For the Flyers, this marks their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Game and they made a special signing ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
The away team has won each of the first two games in the series. Teuvo Teravainen gave the Hurricanes the win on Oct. 30 with a goal in the game’s final four minutes. Philadelphia scored three unanswered goals on Nov. 15 to earn the 3-1 victory in Carter Hart’s return.
A quarter of the way through the season and the Flyers are already ahead of where they were last year. It’s the first year of the actual rebuild, but it’s year two with John Tortorella. The team has bought in and is playing, most nights, the way they are expected to. Players are laying their bodies on the line to keep the puck out.
That can come at a cost sometimes, though, as Noah Cates was recently seen hobbling after blocking a shot against the Islanders on Saturday. While he didn’t leave the game, it turns out it may have still be a costly block. He will be out for the next six-to-eight weeks, signaling a potential break of some sort.
That will be consistent playing time for both Morgan Frost and Bobby Brink, two players who need to take the chance and run with it for the time being.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Cam Atkinson
Joel Farabee – Ryan Poehling – Bobby Brink
Nic Deslauriers – Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway
Cam York – Travis Sanheim
Nic Seeler – Sean Walker
Marc Staal – Rasmus Ristolainen
The Canes are right in the thick of it in the Metropolitan Division. They currently sit in second place, though could drop to third with a loss this evening. They’re feeling much better about themselves after a 3-2 comeback victory over the Blue Jackets. All five goals of that game were scoring in the third period. The three goals came in a nine minute span, with Andrei Svechnikov scoring with under two minutes to go.
Speaking of Svechnikov, that important goal was his first of the season and his ninth point in 12 games. Recovering from ACL surgery, it looks like the young forward is back on track. He is tied for sixth on the team in points and is tied for fourth in assists. Sebastian Aho holds the team lead in assists and is tied for first in points (17) with Seth Jarvis. The Hurricanes goal-leader is Teravainen who has 10.
Goaltending has been an area of concern after Freddie Andersen was forced out due to a blood clotting issue. While Antti Raanta can thank his teammates for the 6-3-0 record, his 3.47 GAA and .854 SV% leave a lot to be desired. Pyotr Kochetkov is better with a 2.91 GAA and a .881 SV%. The latter was in net the last time these two teams played.
Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Teuvo Teravainen – Sebastian Aho – Seth Jarvis
Andre Svechnikov – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Martin Necas
Jordan Martinook – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast
Michael Bunting – Jack Drury – Stefan Noesen
Jaccob Slavin – Brent Burns
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Dimitri Orlov – Jalen Chatfield
Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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